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The aim of English at second level is to develop students' proficiencyin language and broaden their understanding and appreciation of literature.

In English students get the opportunity to study the works of many great writers. William Shakespeare, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Eavan Boland are just some of the writers they may study.

A central part of studying English is reading. With the advent of computer games it is worrying to discover that teenagers today are reading less and less. A love of reading is wholeheartedly encouraged at Dominican College. We have and excellent library available to students with reading material for all age groups.

Visits by theatre groups and attendance at staged performances of plays on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate syllabi are encouraged.

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Civic, Social and Political Education

Students have 1 class period per week for C.S.P.E.

Junior Certificate Exam

  • Written paper 40%
  • Project 60%

Pupils are examined on their knowledge of the following areas

  • Human Rights (Declaration on Human Rights etc).
  • The Environment.
  • The law (Role of the Gardai, the Courts etc.).
  • The Government.
  • The European Union.
  • The United Nations.
  • Issues in Society (drugs, refugees, homelessness, etc.).

The course is very broad and the pupils are often asked about current affairs in the written examination. They are advised to watch the news and read the national newspapers once a week.

The following is an exerpt from Scoilnet:

Many of the questions in Section 2 of the 1999 CSPE Examination asked students to suggest actions which they could take in response to the issue under discussion. For example, suggest two actions thatcould be taken to promote and support the rights of people with disabilities. Students should note here that, in each case, they were expected to suggest an action that was capable of being carried out. There were four marks for the first action and two for the second. Marks were allocated depending on whether the action was unrealistic (0 marks), had some possibility of achievement (1 to 2 marks), or was achievable (3 to 4 marks).

A list of suggested actions which students might like to consider as appropriate for this type of question in Section 2 is listed below. Please note that if you repeat an action then you must expand on it to show how it is different from the first mention of it. Repetition without expansion receives zero marks. Be warned!

Suggested Actions:

  1. Poster Campaign
  2. Sign a Petition Campaign
  3. Write a letter to your local TD or MEP or relevant Minister
  4. Letter to your newspaper
  5. Postcard campaign e.g. Tocaire and Child Slave Labour
  6. Organise a local meeting with a relevant Guest Speaker
  7. Publish your message on a Web Page for the Internet e.g. Scoilnet web site
  8. Create your own web site and have a petition form on the site where it can be filled up and submitted
  9. Get a slot on your local radio
  10. Fund raising campaign
  11. Hold a designated day in your school e.g. Green Schools Day
  12. Publish your message in the school newsletter.



The new revised Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus has been introduced since 2000. The syllabus consists of core subjects (70%) and options which incorporate the social and applied aspects of life (30%) where all material is examinable. Students of both higher and ordinary level will choose from two options, Option 1 and Option 2.

The Ordinary level syllabus gives an overview of chemistry and the applications to everyday life while the higher level syllabus a deeper treatment is needed.

Some Core titles which students will study will include:
Periodic table, Chemical bonding, Stoichiometry, Volumetric analysis, Fuels and heats of reactions, Organic chemistry, Chemical equilibrium and Environmental chemistry of water.

The options include:
Option 1: additional industrial chemistry and atmospheric
Option 2: Materials and additional electrochemistry.

Ordinary level students will study one option from 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B. Higher level students must study in their entirety, either Option 1 or Option 2.

The syllabus also has a deep emphasis on practical work with 28 mandatory experiments for higher level and 21 for ordinary level students.

Textbooks in use throughout the course include Understanding Chemistry by Jim Mc Carthy and Terence White and also Chemistry Live by Declan Kennedy.

Computer Studies

Computer studies is taught to First Year and Transition Year students.

First Year:

Here the basic elements of computing are taught. These include:

  • Basic Elements of a Computer.
  • Basic Word Processing - Creating new files/Saving files/Printing.
  • An Introduction to Microsoft Publisher.
  • An Introduction to Mavis Beacon - Typing Tutor.

Transition Year:

Transition Year students are offered the European Computer Driving Licence.

The ECDL establishes standards for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or a personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies your competence, declares your computer skills, and makes you readily mobile within Irish business and
across the Community

The European Computer Driving Licence builds around a special user-friendly skills card. This card records the skills you demonstrate in each of seven computer-related modules. As you pass each module successfully, the corresponding skill is noted in your card. The final achievement of a full card leads to the award of your licence.

The modules are:

  • Basic Concepts of Information Technology (Module1ExamChecklist)
  • Using a Computer & Managing Files
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases/Filing Systems
  • Presentations & Drawings
  • Information Network Services

Source: is a free social networking site where you can send your messages to your friends, update personal profiles, notify friends about recent activities, and express your thoughts in a multitude of ways. While many people enjoy and use Facebook responsibly, the website and its company have been the subject of many controversies over the past few years. As students, we want you to be intentional and safe about the ways you use Facebook.

Click here for a guide to Facebook

School's Internet Policy: Internet Permission Letter: Parental Permission Form: Parental Guidelines On Internet Use: Student Guidelines On Internet Use: An Evaluating Multimedia Form

Business Studies

Business Studies is that part of the curriculum which enables the student to make informed decisions in the everyday business of living. Business Studies contributes to the student's understanding of the world of business, encourages a positive attitude to enterprise and develops appropriate skills in that field. The syllabus is divided into the following main topics:
  1. The Business of Living (Budgeting, Consumer Education, and Finance).
  2. Economic and Business Background (Economics, The Business Unit, Services to Business, and Work).
  3. Enterprise (Marketing transport, Double Entry Book-Keeping).
  4. Information Technology (Using Computers).

For link to Business Studies fact sheet go to the following link:
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3rd yr Business

Business Games



Business Sites



1st yr

Foreign Currency convertor


Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News


Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms






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1st yr

The Consumer



Introduction to Business





Market research



Producting a radio advertisement






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